In the past, it would have been impossible to discuss the enlargement of the European Union to the East and Western Balkans without determining whether accession to the EU was still an option. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has had a wide-ranging impact on the entire world, and it has rekindled discussions about potential EU enlargement.
Editors: Jasmina Mršo and Emil Kirjas
The fourth edition of the EU Mentorship Programme took a different approach. Instead of the usual mentoring on accession talks and EU membership, participants of the 2022 EU Programme learned about a platform that will amplify their voices and provide guidance to design a model of what liberal political activists from the EU neighbourhood want for their home countries in the future.
The following set of letters was written by participants from Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia. They are brave liberal political activists, leaders, and freedom fighters who have decided to start a direct dialogue with the selected EU leaders. This strategy differs from the perspective that their governments usually present, as they typically reach the “EU bubble”. Therefore, we invite readers to read the following letters with an open mind and heart as the authors seek and look forward to responses.